Ever find yourself in that situation where you have a short amount of time and don’t want to spend much money, but still want or need to whip up a summer dress for the little one?
Well, a couple of weekends ago, I took J and N with me to the fabric store (yes, I take my kids to the fabric store — they love it!), and N asked me ever-so-sweetly for a new dress.
And the fabric she wanted for her dress? The pre-shirred Disney princess and Tinkerbell** licensed fabric — of course. As much as I dislike working with the Disney-licensed fabric (I’m a fabric snob, so sue me), I realized that the fact that it was pre-shirred meant that I could whip up a dress in nothing flat!
N is a small little thing, so I picked up 20 inches of each of the fabrics at $0.49 per inch (less than $10 for each fabric), dug some coordinating fold-over elastic out of my stash for straps, and whipped up a couple of summer dresses for her that evening.
I am not kidding when I say that it took me 10 minutes (or less) to make each of these dresses! Actually, it would have been much less than that if I hadn’t added the elastic straps. Without those, it is seriously a single seam that I then serged to finish — it probably would have taken me 2 minutes to do that. But including straps added some time, and they’re pretty much necessary for a kid N’s age.
Yes, these are a total cheat project (the hardest part — shirring — is already done for you), with nothing interesting or challenging from a construction standpoint. Still, N has worn these two dresses almost every day since I made them. Not a bad use of $10 and 10 minutes!
**I don’t have photos of the TInkerbell dress because N was wearing the day I took project photos. It is a hot pink pre-shirred fabric (her favorite color) with a Tinkerbell print along the bottom. I had matching hot-pink FOE in my stash — perfect!